Medical emergencies can happen any time. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency. Delta County Ambulance District paramedics and EMTs arrive on the scene with no information about the person in need. Seconds count -- they can make the difference between life and death. Does the patient have prior medical conditions? Allergies? What medications are they taking? Who do they want us to call? How do we contact their family or friends?
File of Life puts these answers at the first responders' fingertips. It allows DCAD to immediately begin the best possible treatment, notify loved ones, and pass this vital data on to awaiting physicians at the emergency room. File of Life has already saved many lives. It is an absolute asset to emergency preparedness, and peace of mind, for every household in our communities.
The File of Life is a valuable tool for our EMS providers and it is so easy. Simply pick up the blue envelope, fill out the medical information form inside, and place it on the front door of your refrigerator. DCAD providers ask about and look for this when responding to your calls for help, and it helps provide the best care possible.
The form is simple. Fill out your name, birth date, phone number and any pertinent health history. You should also document all of your current medications and allergies. After the form is completed, simply put it in the envelope and put it on the fridge ... it already has a magnet on the back! You can also put in a copy of other important documents that may be helpful in case of emergency, such as documentation that informs EMS of your resuscitation wishes (Do Not Resuscitate orders) so your decisions are respected if you are not able to communicate. This information is SO important for your pre-hospital treatment and beyond.
So help EMS better help you -- pick up your envelope today! Pick one up for your neighbor or family members and help them fill it out if necessary. Every ambulance has them. They are also available in the emergency room at Delta County Memorial Hospital or at either Delta County Ambulance station (60 Heinz Street in Delta, or at the Eckert station on Highway 65). Look for ambulance crews set up in different locations around town this summer. They'd love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.